An example of a lee is a basement in a tornado.
- shelter; protection
- a sheltered place, esp. one on that side of anything away from the wind
- Naut. the side or direction away from the wind
Origin of leeMiddle English le from Old English hleo, shelter, akin to Old Norse hle, Dutch lij, German lee (in leesense ) from Indo-European an unverified form ?leu- from base an unverified form ?el-, warm from source Classical Latin calere, to be warm
- designating, of, or on the side sheltered or away from the wind
- facing or located in the direction toward which a glacier moves
Origin of Leevariant, variety of Leigh; also short for Leroy a masculine and feminine name
- 1736-84; Eng. mystic: founder of the Shakers in America (1776)
- 1731-82; Am. general in the Revolutionary War, born in England
- 1756-1818; Am. general in the Revolutionary War & statesman: called Light-Horse Harry Lee
- 1732-94; Am. Revolutionary statesman: signer of the Declaration of Independence: cousin of Henry
- 1807-70; commander in chief of the Confederate army in the Civil War: son of Henry
- Nautical The side away from the direction from which the wind blows.
- An area sheltered from the wind: in the lee of the boulder.
- Cover; shelter.
- Nautical Of or relating to the side sheltered from the wind: the lee gunwale.
- Located in or facing the path of an oncoming glacier. Used of a geologic formation.
Origin of leeMiddle English le from Old English hlēo shelter, protection ; see kelə-1 in Indo-European roots.
- (sailing) A protected cove or harbor, out of the wind.
- (sailing) The side of the ship froward the wind.
- A sheltered place, especially a place protected from the wind by some object; the side sheltered from the wind; shelter; protection.
- the lee of a mountain, an island, or a ship
From Middle English lee, from Old English hlÄ“o, hlÄ“ow (“shelter, protection"), from Proto-Germanic *hliwÄ… (compare German Lee (“lee"), lau (“lukewarm"), Swedish lÃ¤, Danish lÃ¦, Old Norse hlÃ©, Dutch lij), from Proto-Indo-European *á¸±ley- (compare Welsh clyd (“warm, cozy"), Latin calÄ“re (“to warm up"), Lithuanian Å¡iltas (“warm, pleasant"), Sanskrit à¤¶à¤°à¤¦à¥ (Å›arad, “autumn")).
- An English topographic surname for someone who lived near a meadow (the Anglo-Saxon for meadow being ley or leag).
- A surname of Chinese origin, a variant of æŽ (pinyin: LÇ) and other less common names such as é»Ž (LÃ) and ç† (LÇ)
- A surname of Korean origin, a variant of Rhee (Hanja: æŽ; Hangul: ì´ & ë¦¬)
- A male given name derived from the surname, or a nickname for names such as Leo and Leroy
- A female given name popular in conjoined names such as Lee Ann or Mary Lee.
- Any of various place names, including a river in England, and a river in Co. Cork, Ireland.